Organic niche at Expo 2015

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19.08.2015 Karin Heinze

The world exhibition has been running in Milan since 1 May and will continue until 31 October. This mega-event is dominated by the giants in the agricultural and food industry. But anyone interested enough to search will find the initiatives and events that demonstrate a different approach and alternatives.

IFOAM EU Congress: Visions for 2030

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16.06.2015 Karin Heinze

The European organic movement has launched its vision for organic in Europe in 2030 at the 9th European Organic Congress on 11-12 June, organised by IFOAM EU together with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture and the Latvian Association of Organic Agriculture.

USA: Call for inputs for the Organic Seed Growers Conference

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Organic Seed Alliance invites to help shape the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference by providing proposals for content.


IFOAM Congress: EU Policies should support the Organic sector

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12.06.2015 Karin Heinze

At this politically important moment for the organic regulation reform – between an informal AGRIFISH Council during which there was still much disagreement over key issues last week and the upcoming formal meeting of 16 June at which an agreement on the organic regulation review is expected in the Council – more than 150 people from 23 countries joined the Latvian Minister of Agriculture, Green MEP Martin Häusling, other policy makers and leading organic experts to discuss the future of the organic sector. The occasion is the 9th European Organic Congress organised by the Latvian Presidency, the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture, IFOAM EU and ALOA.

IFOAM: council compromise a risk of less harmonised rules for organic in EU

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11.06.2015 Karin Heinze

National agriculture ministers are set to adopt the Council opinion on the proposal for a new EU Organic Regulation based on a new presidency text at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on June 16th. IFOAM EU highlights that the latest compromise text would lead to less harmonisation than the status quo in the EU and therefore urges ministers to come up with a more consistent approach before adopting its position.

Expo 2015: Organic Forum at Biodiversity Park

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Organic can save the planet - this is the claim that opened the International Organic Forum in the Biodiversity Park at Expo Milano 2015.

Natrue Membership Assembly was a big success

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10.06.2015 Karin Heinze

The Association for Natural & Organic Cosmetics Natrue hosted a highly successful Membership Assembly on 22 May. At the meeting new members were welcomed and old members were updated of the latest endeavours in the world of natural and organic cosmetics.

Open farm days in the Netherlands

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On 20 – 21 June, the event Lekker naar de Boer! will take place again all over the Netherlands.

Vegfest Scotland to launch this year

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Vegfest Scotland is all about going vegan.

247,000 Danes visited organic cows’ spring party

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As every year, the Økodag – organic day – was held all over Denmark.

Sustainable Foods Summit: Last Chance to Register

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26.05.2015 Redaktion

Taking place in Amsterdam on 4-5 June, the Sustainable Foods Summit will highlight major sustainability developments in the food industry. 

Topics include packaging innovations, superfood ingredients, building local markets, sustainable sourcing, raw foods, distribution hurdles, green marketing communications, traceability and packaging waste.

UK: Food for Life Catering Mark awards to be celebrated

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The Food for Life Catering Mark Awards will take place on 18 June 2015.


USA: North American Organic Brewers Festival returns to Portland

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With a motto to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time,” the North American Organic Brewers Festival will celebrate its 11th year on 13 - 16 August in Portland, Oregon.

Wake up to Organic!

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The 'Wake up to Organic' summer campaign has been launched, celebrating the best of British organic products.

Sustainable Foods Summit: Distribution Key to Success of Green Brands

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29.04.2015 Redaktion

Green brands need to focus on distribution if they are to widen appeal of sustainable products. Organic Monitor finds the most successful green brands are those who have expanded distribution into mainstream channels.

Italy: An Excellent Organic Wine Pavilion at Vinitaly

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17.04.2015 Redaktion

The second edition on Vinitaly Bio took place at the most important Italian wine fair, Vinitaly, one of the main international wine exhibitions that was held in Verona from 22-25 March 2015. The expo had about 150,000 visitors from 140 countries and was also attended by more than 2,600 journalists from 46 countries. With only 1000 m² available in the pavilion, there was not enough room for some tens of organic wineries; FederBio will try to obtain a larger exhibition are for the 2016 edition.


Correction: Malta - the EU organic Achilles heel

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15.04.2015 Redaktion

With regard to our article "Malta - the EU organic Achilles heel" that we published on on 1 April, we as and the author of the article Mr. Leo Fruehschuetz want to correct some facts and apologize to Mr Aart Jan Jonker for the comments referring to his name. Mr. Jonker and the group Biodiet/Pure Life have sent us their remarks that we publish here.

Meeting of European specialist organic magazines at BioFach

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07.04.2015 Kai Kreuzer

An international and meeting of specialist journalists from seven countries – open to the public - took place for the first time at BioFach in 2015. With some well prepared Powerpoint presentations, they introduced their print an online magazines. The common factor was that they all specialized in the theme of organic.

Sustainable Foods Summit Tackles Ingredients and Packaging Developments

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01.04.2015 Karin Heinze

The Sustainable Foods Summit will discuss approaches to reduce the environmental impact of food and beverages by using novel ingredients and green packaging. The European edition of this executive summit will be hosted in Amsterdam on 4-5 June.

International organic conference in Ukraine

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The 5th international conference on the organic sector development in Central / Eastern European and Central Asian countries will take place in Kyiv on 16 – 17 April 2015.

Weleda facial care awarded twice in the UK

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Weleda’s new Evening Primrose Age Revitalising facial care range has just received two awards in the United Kingdom, Premium Beauty News reports.

Cotton Sustainability Seminar in Japan

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Liesl Truscott, European & Farm Engagement Director, joined Textile Exchange Board member Mitsuya Inagaki from KOWA, Daren Abney from the Better Cotton Initiative, and Jouji Matsui from Fairtrade Japan to deliver a seminar on cotton sustainability initiatives in January.

2015 - the International Year of Soils

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2015 is the International Year of Soils. The IYS 2015, initiated by the FAO, aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.

Italy: Green Train to Expo Milan 2015

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02.03.2015 Karin Heinze

The Green Train 2015 (Treno Verde 2015) has departed in Caltanissetta (Sicily) and is on its way to the Expo in Milan that will commence on 1 May 2015.

Textile sustainability conference – call for papers

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Textile Exchange has announced their annual textile sustainability conference Textiles - A Circular Life. It will take place in Mumbai, India, on 5 - 10 October 2015.

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